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Disabled People

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he is taking to improve the mobility of the disabled.

Our active and constantly evolving programme of initiatives to promote mobility for people with disabilities is set out in our document "Transport and Disability—a statement of Aims and Priorities".

One major priority is to improve the accessibility of public transport including the development of wheelchair-accessible coaches and buses. We shall be working with vehicle designers and manufacturers to influence car design and control modifications, to increase opportunities for personal mobility for even the most severely disabled people.

We are also developing guidelines on design for pedestrian areas to help elderly and disabled people.